Saturday, April 13, 2013



White towels are the only way to go in my book. Many have asked me over the years, “How do you keep them clean?”

Easily! Wash and bleach or sometimes Oxy!! I find them so much easier to keep clean than a colored towel, which fades over time and looks dingy to me.

Here is a good method to whiten and brighten from time to time:
    • 1
      Treat any obvious stains or marks on the towels with hydrogen peroxide. Dab a small amount of hydrogen peroxide over the entire stain and allow it to sit for at least an hour before washing the towel.
    • 2
      Load the white towels into the washing machine and add laundry detergent as well as 1/2 cup of baking soda. The combination of detergent and baking soda helps to lift stains out of the fabric and whiten the towels.
    • 3
      Run the washing machine and add 1 cup of white vinegar during the rinse cycle. The vinegar will brighten the whites and help deep clean the fabric for the rest of the washing cycle.
    • 4
      Dry the towels thoroughly. Repeat steps 1 through 4 as necessary to get the towels looking professionally cleaned and whitened.

In my book there is nothing prettier than a stack of fluffy white towels.

I actually have quite a fetish for stacked white towels, so much so that I even have a pinboard for images of stacked white towels.

Let me show you………








Have I convinced you yet?

Do you see yourself using all white towels in the future, or are you like me and have always used white towels?

If you would like to start changing out your towels to all white go HERE and check out Neimans Pink Sale towels.

I get these every few years and always have them monogrammed. They also make a great gift! 

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Patty Day @Pattys Epiphanies said...

AGREE 100%

I have most white towels...working on the rest as I need them.

Sharon @ mrshinesclass said...

Oh, all of those white towels look divine! I'm wanting to make the switch. I will have to do it gradually. Thank you for the inspiration!

Debra Phillips said...

i am so with you, love white towels!! so spa-like.

wish i had the space for such lovely displays, alas in an old house, baths are small

happy weekend!

A Perfect Gray said...

terrific post, KS. I'm a white towel gal myself and I also love the stacks. I think it was Oprah who convinced me several years ago about white towels AND linens...donna

Victoria said...

I always use white towels for all the reasons you do, easy care, spa-like look, fresh looking for years. Thanks for all the display ideas.
XO, Victoria

carol jane said...

I love white towels, but I must not be washing them correctly. They always look dingy over time. Never stay fresh looking.

Kathysue said...

Carol Jane,
I know the type of water in your area can make a big difference, over a period of time mine can look dingy to me too. But not as quickly as colored towels fade so it is worth it to me.

Lee said...

White towels for me too and thank you for sharing your tips on keeping them white and bright! I do like a colored RH hand towel or two for guest bathroom and washcloths, plus very large white bath towels which are wonderful for tall people but dwarf my 4 foot, 8 inch mom who is 92 and loves white towels!

Anonymous said...

I also love white towels and over the past few years began phasing out colors in favor of white. I also favor white percale sheets.

I read an article a few years ago about laundering whites - to keep them looking their best, you need to be ruthless about not letting any colored items in the laundry load when washing. According to the article, it's color bleeding into whites, even from pastels, that can cause dinginess. This is working for me. Use a good quality detergent and HOT water.

Babs said...

I'm with you on preferring white towels.I don't use fabric softener in my towels, because the fabric softener makes them less absorbent. Thanks for the tips to keep them white. I had forgotten about baking soda, and the vinegar in the final rinse.

Jane@Bluebird1959 said...

I also switched to white towels several years ago and took down my linen closet doors to show off their clean, orderly loveliness. Fabulous post! Jane

michele said...

oh kathysue, talk about your terrycloth porn! shame on you! i have always been a white towels only girl. there should be a law...



La Vie Quotidienne said...

Like you, all of my towels are white and for the same reason. Thanks for the baking soda tip ~ going to try it. Have a great day!

Teresa at Splendid Sass said...

I am so with you on this, Kathysue! Nothing more perfect than white. I even use white beach towels.
Happy Sunday.

pretty pink tulips said...

Hi Kathysue!

I hop hope you have been enjoyable a beautiful weekend!! My hubbie was gone all week and weekend and just arrived home, so I feel like all is right now.

Love, love white fluffy towels. There is nothing better!

Love all these images, too and had to pin a few!
xoxo Elizabeth

designchic said...

I totally agree, Kathysue. It's a must in my book, too. I associate white towels with a clean and orderly home and wow, your images sure reinforce that!

Daisy Rogers said...

Awesome images..... These are really great.

Leslie said...

Wonderful post Kathysue. I too have white towels. I've occasionally deferred and regretted my decision. The color does fade and looks worn. I'll be trying the hydrogen P. and vinegar. Bleaching is usually what I do.. which is tough on the fabric. Are you using white in the kitchen too? I usually have the bar towels or the classic W&S and I find them difficult to keep white.